[Air-L] News discourse of online papers
donald.matheson at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Mar 4 19:56:02 PST 2010
Kia ora Philippa,
Exciting to see work being done on this. There's quite a bit of literature on the way online news akes sense in different ways as knowledge - comparing immediacy of TV to the updatenedness of the web, comparing the claim to knowledge of the news blog to newspaper text, looking at how the multitude of other voices moderates the authority claim of the news, and so on. SDo teh same text means something different when it's put online. Others on the list will probably suggest things, but I've not seen much on the textual practice of online journalism, and it's probably as you say because of the similarity of the texts themselves to print. Where online differs most is in the updating of news, and there have been a number of studies looking at how the news cycle has sped up as a result of frequent updates of news sites.
News organisations in many places tends not to have online news reporters, but instead online editors who repurpose material, so the differences you might be looking for would be most in presentation, updating, and the like (with more editing at broadcaters). Paterson and Domingo's book on the ethngraphy of online journalism has some useful studies of that.
I'm rushing out the door but I'll post some references to that literature if others don't get there first.
From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of Philippa Smith
Sent: Fri 5/03/2010 1:34 p.m.
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Subject: [Air-L] News discourse of online papers
I'm looking for studies or references to the structure of news discourse in online newspapers - and in particular any comparisons with the offline hard copy of those publications. Essential question is: has the Internet altered the way news articles are discursively constructed? My observations so far indicate that news websites merely act as a vehicle for the dissemination of a hard copy story and there is, in fact, no alteration to the actual story. Rather it is the presentation of the article, eg headline, partial sentence, perhaps photograph and then a link to the full story that is altered. I'd be interested in any other comments or observations by other AOIR listers.
PhD Candidate and Researcher
Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication
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